There are a lot of things that let me know that summertime is back; barbecues, spending time at the pool with the kids and the smell of gardenias. But the one tell-tale is seeing stalks of corn emerge from everyone's vegetable garden.
A summer vegetable garden is just not complete without summer squash growing in the mix of tomatoes, peppers, okra and cucumbers.
Mother Nature is always in control. Sometimes that is a bad thing, and other times it can be a great thing.
The economic uncertainty of today has spurned an increased interest in home gardening and canning or freezing food. There also has been interest from people in producing their own eggs and poultry.
We have been getting a few calls about azalea lace bugs feeding on azaleas and rhododendrons.
The practices that can help us save energy in our homes - like sealing leaks, insulating and updating cooling systems and replacing light bulbs - are also being used to make Georgia's prolific poultry industry more efficient, one chicken house at a time.
Few animals can evoke such an emotional response as a snake found in the woods or around the house. People have been attracted and repulsed by snakes ever since the dawn of time.
Question: What can I do to prevent insect pests in my vegetable garden?
There seems to always be something brewing with international trade. The United States and India have had a long-standing disagreement about India's policies on U.S. exports, especially agricultural products.
Home-grown vegetables are a staple for many Southerners during the summer.
Occasionally turfgrasses begin to thin out and moss and algae begin to form. These primitive plants develop because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.
Hopefully more trade negotiations and explorations will open significant doors for Georgia agriculture and other industries. This could only mean good things for our area with poultry being a No. 1 export from the area to the rest of the country and world.
I know it is a bit early in the season to be talking about tomato fruit diseases, but blossom-end rot is a disease that can be prevented with a little TLC.
What do local farming, youth development, nutrition education and radon have in common? The answer is Hall County Cooperative Extension.
In the last Agbiz article, I talked about how the deepening of the port of Savannah would improve our ability to move products grown and made in the United States, specifically the poultry products produced in North Georgia.
Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.
During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.
Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.
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